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Tweetstorms are now official: How to thread your tweets together

Tweetstorms are now official: How to thread your tweets together

By Elyse Betters

Twitter has launched a new feature: the ability to thread tweets.To understand this feature, you have to go back to 2014, when Twitter began letting users link replies to originating tweets. It essentially allowed them to quickly post a barrage of tweets,... Read more

How to use a VPN to protect yourself online

How to use a VPN to protect yourself online

By Steve Dye

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have been around for over 20 years. Traditionally, they have been used for secure connections into corporate networks, either to access file systems or work e-mail.However, given the rise of internet use since their... Read more

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has slashed prices on many of its own devices, including the Echo Show, just in time for Christmas.The Echo Show, which is basically an Echo speaker with a touchscreen display, now costs $149.99 on Amazon (US), down from its usual $229.99 price.... Read more

Tips and Tricks on how to browse safely using a VPN

Tips and Tricks on how to browse safely using a VPN

By Pocket-lint Promotion

If you want to stay safe online, you may want to consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). These services can provide a secure connection across the internet by routing your web browsing through a company server.A good VPN will make it harder for... Read more

Apple buys music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple buys music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

By Max Langridge

Apple has acquired Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, in a deal allegedly worth $400 million (around £300 million). Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference? Apple has made an official statement... Read more

Best VPN Services 2017 - Top 10 VPNs to keep your browsing secure

Best VPN Services 2017 - Top 10 VPNs to keep your browsing secure

By Roland Moore-Colyer

Christmas holiday dealsAll of the major VPN companies have reduced prices heavily this Christmas. Here we round up the best deals available. PureVPN - 3 year special offer plan is only $69.00 ($1.91 per month Read more about it here. NordVPN - Exclusive... Read more

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Apple's TV app is the replacement for its decade old Video app and can be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The TV app, originally available in the US, now now available in the UK and essentially adds universal search to Apple TV and iOS devices... Read more

YouTube to launch a music streaming service in March...again

YouTube to launch a music streaming service in March...again

By Max Langridge

YouTube, one of the companies owned by Alphabet Inc. (also the owner of Google) is said to be launching a new music streaming service in March, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. What is YouTube Red is now live: What is it and is it worth paying... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify: Which is best for you?

Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify: Which is best for you?

By Max Langridge

Amazon Music Unlimited is now a year old Music Unlimited and while it wasn't the first time Amazon has offered a music streaming service - there's Prime Music - it's a much more substantial offering, with an estimated 16 million active users.Spotify... Read more

Pocket-lint moves to https

Pocket-lint moves to https

By Stuart Miles

If you're a regular reader of Pocket-lint you might notice something different to your browsing today when on our site.We've been working hard behind the scenes for a number of months to not only make the site easier to use, but also make it more secure... Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook has launched a new version of Messenger for kids.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a new messaging app designed specifically for kids between the ages of six and 12. It does not require a Facebook account, which makes sense, considering... Read more

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

By Britta O'Boyle

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so.To most questions you'll get a standard... Read more

Google reveals the best Android apps of 2017, did your favourites make the list?

Google reveals the best Android apps of 2017, did your favourites make the list?

By Max Langridge

As 2017 comes to an end, Google has announced the most downloaded Android apps of the year, along with various other 'top five' lists. But have your favourites made the cut?The most downloaded list only takes into account new apps that were released on... Read more

The co-founder of Vine says he's working on a 'follow-up' app to Vine

The co-founder of Vine says he's working on a 'follow-up' app to Vine

By Elyse Betters

A follow-up to Vine is in the works.Vine was a mobile app that allowed users to share six-second videos. Founded in 2012, it became hugely popular almost overnight, which led to Twitter buying it and, well, letting it flounder and fail within a few years.... Read more

Like Microsoft's Edge browser? Now you can use it on iOS and Android

Like Microsoft's Edge browser? Now you can use it on iOS and Android

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft unveiled a beta version of its Edge browser for iOS and Android last month, but now, it is officially launching the app for anyone to try.Microsoft's mobile strategy over the past couple years has been all about developing quirky-yet-useful... Read more

99 of the worst Photoshop errors ever, you won’t believe your eyes

99 of the worst Photoshop errors ever, you won’t believe your eyes

By Rik Henderson

Technology can be a wonderful, glorious thing. It can also be totally and utterly misused, especially when in the hands of buffoons.Adobe Photoshop is a prime example of a tool that can make photos and images look spectacular, yet also create the most... Read more

YouTube Reels explained: How the Snapchat Stories-like tool works

YouTube Reels explained: How the Snapchat Stories-like tool works

By Elyse Betters

YouTube has announced a new feature: Reels.The Google-owned video platform revealed in a blog post, which mostly discussed the expansion of the Community tab, that it is introducing Reels as a way of giving its users the ability to share content in the... Read more

Waze satellite-navigation app now caters for motorcyclists with dedicated hands-free mode

Waze satellite-navigation app now caters for motorcyclists with dedicated hands-free mode

By Max Langridge

Sat-nav app Waze has introduced a new motorcycle mode, making it easier for the estimated 1.1 million riders on the road to get directions to destinations. The new mode, which comes included in the latest update to Waze, is a dedicated section solely... Read more

Instagram rolls out Remix feature, letting you draw on friends' photos

Instagram rolls out Remix feature, letting you draw on friends' photos

By Max Langridge

Instagram has begun rolling out a brand new feature to its photo-bass app that, if you use Snapchat, will be familiar. It's called "Remix" and it lets you draw and annotate on pictures you've been sent directly by friends, for you to then be able to send... Read more

Windows 10 Sets: How do the tabs work and when can you try them?

Windows 10 Sets: How do the tabs work and when can you try them?

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has announced a new Windows 10 feature, called Sets."Sets" is basically another name for tabs. The company is planning to add tabs to apps in Windows 10, allowing you to group together apps in a single window pane. Windows 10 testers have been... Read more

What is RingCentral and why should you consider it for your business

What is RingCentral and why should you consider it for your business

By Pocket-lint Promotion

RingCentral is a cloud based phone system that promises to deliver a secure, hosted phone and fax functionality over the internet for your company.Eliminating the need for expensive and complex office hardware, the smart system allows you to use your... Read more

Amazon.com Black Friday 2017: Best deals and tips on how to get them

Amazon.com Black Friday 2017: Best deals and tips on how to get them

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is doing all it can to get you to visit Amazon.com.Every year, starting the week before Thanksgiving Day and stretching until Cyber Monday, it rolls out all the stops to keep you locked on Amazon and spending all your hard-earned cash. It's a 10-day... Read more

Paribus: How to easily find out if stores owe you a refund

Paribus: How to easily find out if stores owe you a refund

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Have you ever bought an item and then discovered that the store later discounted it?It's an annoying problem for most consumers. We all like a good deal, and we all like to get cash back, especially if it takes little to no effort. But, it's not easy... Read more

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook is going all in on video.The social network has been focusing hardcore on video lately, with a big push into live video broadcasts, 360-degree videos, stories, auto-playing clips in the news feed, as well as the launch of a dedicated place to... Read more

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?

By Elyse Betters

Fake news is an international crisis.The issues surrounding fake news are complex: first, you have world leaders using the term "fake news" as a way to deligitamise all media coverage of their regimes, and then there is the widespread sharing of misinformation,... Read more

Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals with 3-months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99p

Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals with 3-months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99p

By Rik Henderson

Amazon is always one of the retailers that goes all out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and we fully expect this year to be no different. In fact, it has started early with a big discount on its Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service.Basically Amazon's... Read more

What is Google Files Go, how does it work, and do you need it?

What is Google Files Go, how does it work, and do you need it?

By Elyse Betters

Google has launched a new Android app. It's called Files Go.Technically, right now, the app is available as a beta, but it seems like anyone with a device running Android (5.0 and up) can download it from the Google Play Store and test it out. The primary... Read more

What is Apple Pay Cash, how does it work, and when can you use it?

What is Apple Pay Cash, how does it work, and when can you use it?

By Elyse Betters

Apple will soon roll out an iOS 11 feature, called Apple Pay Cash, that makes it easier for you to send money or receive money from friends.Apple Pay Cash is technically part of Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system, but it lives in Apple's iMessage... Read more

Five apps to help you grow your business

Five apps to help you grow your business

By Pocket-lint Promotion

There comes a time in any startup where things start to get bigger. You can no longer run it from your bedroom or the kitchen table and you have to not only start hiring people, but think bigger than about just being a one-man band. One of the key things... Read more

Facebook Messenger payments: How to send and receive money in the UK

Facebook Messenger payments: How to send and receive money in the UK

By Elyse Betters

Facebook Messenger has launched a new feature for UK users.The feature, peer-to-peer payments, has been available to Messenger users in the US since 2015. It essentially allows you to send and receive money from Facebook friends - all via Messenger, and... Read more

43 accidentally hilarious image searches that are sure to make you chortle

43 accidentally hilarious image searches that are sure to make you chortle

By Adrian Willings

If you've ever needed to find a photo on the web, then you know how wonderful and powerful Google Image search can be. A quick search and you can basically find anything from anywhere in the world. Google's image analysis algorithms are getting smarter... Read more

WhatsApp back up again: The Chumbawamba of apps

WhatsApp back up again: The Chumbawamba of apps

By Rik Henderson

This morning, WhatsApp users worldwide reported issues with the chat service. Instead of being able to communicate with friends and colleagues, they were experiencing connection issues today, Friday 3 November.It now seems to be working again, however,... Read more

How to use Amazon's app to view items in your home with AR

How to use Amazon's app to view items in your home with AR

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's app now lets you experience augmented reality.It has begun leveraging Apple's ARKit, a technology that essentially makes it easier for developers to add augmented reality (AR) components to their apps and software. As a result, you can now use... Read more

How to set up a VPN on your phone

How to set up a VPN on your phone

By Steve Dye

Setting up a VPN on your phone is a quick and simple process, as both iOS and Android have VPN functionality built into them which can be used. However, almost all VPN provider also have Apps that can be downloaded and used to configure and set up their... Read more

Skype's new look officially comes to desktops: Here's what's different

Skype's new look officially comes to desktops: Here's what's different

By Elyse Betters

Remember that all-new Skype design?The new look first launched for mobile devices in June, and then, in August, Microsoft said it was testing similar changes for the desktop side of Skype. It wasn't yet complete though, as Microsoft was looking for your... Read more

WhatsApp now lets you delete sent messages - here's how it works

WhatsApp now lets you delete sent messages - here's how it works

By Elyse Betters

Have you ever sent a quick message that you quickly regretted?Yeah, same here. It really makes us wish messenger services had, like, some sort of undo button. Enter: WhatsApp. Starting now, it lets you delete sent messages. But there are a couple of... Read more

What is Instagram Superzoom and how does it work?

What is Instagram Superzoom and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Instagram has introduced a new creative tool: Superzoom.The app's team is actually describing Superzoom as a new "camera format". Either way, with Superzoom, you can record a funny video with sound effects. The feature actually sits next to another creative... Read more

How to get Android 8.1 Oreo beta on your phone right now

How to get Android 8.1 Oreo beta on your phone right now

By Elyse Betters

Having already released the first official version of Android 8.0 Oreo, Google has just announced that a public beta of the first "dot" update is on its way. Android 8.1's first developer preview and beta is here.   Android 8 Oreo: Features, release... Read more

Investigatory Powers Act: Britain's online surveillance laws explained

Investigatory Powers Act: Britain's online surveillance laws explained

By Pocket-lint Promotion

No one likes to be spied on, but in a world where we are increasingly connected through smartphones, apps, social media, games consoles, and even cars, we are piping more and more of our data across the internet and into online services.Unless you're... Read more

6 reasons to download AnyTrans, the ultimate iPhone file manager

6 reasons to download AnyTrans, the ultimate iPhone file manager

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Your iPhone and iPad can store a tremendous amount of information, from music and photos, to notes, messages and internet browsing history. Keeping on top of it all, and wading through the masses of files can be tricky when you want to find something... Read more

Instagram now lets you go live with a friend: Here's how it works

Instagram now lets you go live with a friend: Here's how it works

By Elyse Betters

Instagram has let users live stream for a while now, and starting today, they can use it to go live with a friend.The Facebook-owned app has been testing the feature since this past summer, but now, it's letting users broadcast live with a friend. Users... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Streaming Service

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Streaming Service

By Britta O'Boyle

The 14th annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are nearly upon us, which means in just a few weeks we will be celebrating the best devices across a number of categories including smartphones, TV, laptops and cameras.There are 18 main categories this year,... Read more

What is Pay with Google, where can it be used and how do you use it?

What is Pay with Google, where can it be used and how do you use it?

By Max Langridge

Google has announced a brand new way of paying for items via your Android smartphone or Chrome browser, called Pay with Google. What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it? The feature was first teased back in May, but it's now ready... Read more

Can't wait to update to iOS 11? Backup your data first!

Can't wait to update to iOS 11? Backup your data first!

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Admit it: it's hard to manage, let alone back up and recover, all the data stored across your iOS devices.Your iPhone and iPad can hold a lot of your data, from photos to apps to messages. So, if you've ever updated your iOS device and then abruptly experienced... Read more

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is confusing. Right?We’ll agree it seems that way. It basically updates every couple weeks, at the very least, adding new features or changing core functions. And, at the end of the day, the whole concept behind Snapchat is, well, odd. After... Read more

How to add non-Google accounts to the official Gmail for iOS app

How to add non-Google accounts to the official Gmail for iOS app

By Elyse Betters

It's hard to find the perfect iOS app for email, right?Although Apple restricts you from changing the default mail app for anything on iOS, there are a few decent email apps in the App Store, such as Spark, Airmail, Alto, and Edison Mail. Google's official... Read more

Twitter reveals a 'save for later' feature so you can bookmark tweets

Twitter reveals a 'save for later' feature so you can bookmark tweets

By Elyse Betters

Twitter is developing a “save for later” feature.The new tool will arrive at some point in the future, as reported by BuzzFeed. Keith Coleman, the company’s head of product, announced it in a tweet, noting users are often request a way to bookmark... Read more

42 terrific and terrifying Tinder profiles

42 terrific and terrifying Tinder profiles

By Max Langridge

Finding the perfect partner can be tricky, more so when you stray into the murky world of online dating. But help is at hand with this collection of ultra-honest, utterly extroverted and often terrifying Tinder users.Whether or not these people managed... Read more

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

By Elyse Betters

Google has taken on Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Microsoft Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May 2016, launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, brought it to Google Home,... Read more